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Governor Wolf Approves 106 Local Water Clean Up Projects Statewide

first_imgMultiple Counties·         Armstrong Conservation District, Excitation emission matrix analysis water quality testing in Armstrong and Indiana Counties, $7,839·         Cooks Creek Watershed Association, Watershed Implementation Plan, $39,080·         Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council, Agricultural best management practices on nine farms, $181,352·         Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, CREP Outreach Program Office, $382,355·         Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Lake best management practices phase 3, $103,068·         Stroud Water Research Center, Healthy Soils, Healthy Streams training and technical assistance, $336,630·         Trout Unlimited, Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance Program, $191,300·         Villanova University, Impact of nutrient and fine sediment accumulation and distribution on stormwater rain garden performance study, $244,937·         Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Quick Response 8: Timely repair projects to prevent environmental degradation or costly repairs, $100,000·         Wildlands Conservancy, Implementing high priority stream restoration in the Lehigh Watershed, $138,039 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 106 projects to clean up local waters statewide, benefiting hundreds of communities, have been selected to receive funding through the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Growing Greener program.“These grant projects represent important opportunities for citizen and community engagement in local water cleanup around the commonwealth. The vitally important roster of local governments and nonprofit organizations who willingly tackle them is a great representation of our spirit of partnership,” said Governor Wolf. “Their efforts are invaluable investments in our public health, the vitality of our communities, and the quality of our environment in Pennsylvania.”Growing Greener grants will go to 106 projects. Fifty-one are in Pennsylvania’s part (43 counties) of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, reflecting part of the ramped-up state and federal funding commitment to Pennsylvania’s federal mandate to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment pollution in the watershed.Fifty-five Growing Greener projects are in the 24 counties beyond the watershed. Together, all projects will receive just over $20.7 million.“There’s no magic wand to wave to clean up all of Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers at once. Reducing acid mine drainage, nutrients, sediment, and other pollutants requires countless strategic, collaborative community efforts at the creek, river, lake, and watershed levels. Achieving a collective impact is the essential role Growing Greener projects play,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The Growing Greener grant program–the largest single investment of state funds to address Pennsylvania’s environmental challenges–is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. Since it was launched in 1999, the Growing Greener program has provided more than $296 million to environmental projects statewide.GRANT AWARDS BY COUNTY:Allegheny·         Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Pinkertons Run acid mine drainage treatment and streambank stabilization, $318,672·         Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Larimer/East Liberty Park green infrastructure, $60,000·         Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Deer Creek stream restoration, $38,642Armstrong·         Armstrong County Conservation District, Pine Run stream restoration, $59,889; Agricultural best management practices to reduce sediment and nutrient loads to Spra Run, $110,096·         Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Buffalo Creek stream restoration, $73,995Berks ·         Berks County Conservation District, County agricultural best management practices implementation, $231,486Bucks·         Bucks County Conservation District, Dimple Creek Watershed water chestnut management project, $95,385·         Carversville Farm Foundation, Carversville farm stream restoration, $60,904·         Middletown Township, Sediment reduction initiative to retrofit five stormwater basins, $175,000·         Warrington Township, Naturalizing the detention basin at Folly and Pickertown Roads, $16,515Butler·         Stream Restoration Incorporated, Slippery Rock Stream bioengineering, $125,450Carbon·         Carbon County Conservation District, Nesquehoning Creek stabilization phase 3, $215,000Chester·         Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, Plum Run Watershed Renaissance Initiative, $150,000·         Kennett Area Park Authority, Red Clay/Nixon Park stream restoration, $77,500·         New Garden Township, Bucktoe Creek stream restoration, $36,000·         Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, Design and installation of stormwater best management practice in Airdrie Preserve, $52,360·         Uwchlan Township, Ludwig’s Run stormwater basins retrofit, $90,775·         Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wilson Run stream restoration, $130,812Crawford·         Crawford County Conservation District, Agricultural Best Management Practice Cost Share Program, $263,343; Little Sugar Creek streambank stabilization, $79,368Delaware ·         Borough of Media, Bioretention and infiltration best management practices, $163,050Erie ·         Environment Erie, Begin ANEW stormwater education and management, $55,556; Service Learning Projects, $36,650Greene ·         Greene County Conservation District, Browns Creek stabilization/best management practice implementation, $207,484Indiana ·         Indiana County Conservation District, McKee Run streambank stabilization, $20,494·         Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Ross Run restoration phase 2, $52,193Jefferson ·         Jefferson County Conservation District, Pine Run agricultural best management practices implementation, $486,580Mercer·         Mercer County Conservation District, Elder Run streambank stabilization, $40,247; Sandy Creek Watershed conservation project, $209,000Montgomery ·         Borough of Ambler, Growing Ambler Greener 2017-2020, $206,100·         Upper Dublin Township, Rose Valley Creek Willowmere Study, $18,991·         Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Thompson Dam alternatives analysis, $44,000·         Worcester Township, Defford/Clyston Roads retrofit basin, $42,804Northampton·         Northampton County, Monocacy Creek restoration at Archibald Johnston Conservation Area, $80,000Philadelphia·         City of Philadelphia, Philly Tree Canopy (Renew Philly Trees), $250,000Venango·         Scrubgrass Creek Watershed Association, Restoration of Upper Scrubgrass Creek phase 2, $147,418Warren·         Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brokenstraw Watershed improvement phase 2, $96,072Washington·         Washington County Conservation District, Covered Bridge Meadow agricultural best management practices, $36,683Wayne·         Equinunk Watershed Alliance, Equinunk Area Watershed Management Plan, $50,000·         Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Stormwater structure installation at Deerfield Lake, $123,910Westmoreland ·         Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Route 31 green infrastructure urban stormwater best management practices, $350,000·         Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, Lowber treatment system iron sludge management, $171,725·         Westmoreland County Conservation District, Murrysville stormwater basin retrofits, $64,620; Vandergrift CBD stormwater management phase 2, $5,000 Governor Wolf Approves 106 Local Water Clean Up Projects Statewide Multiple Counties or Regions·         Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Prioritizing forested buffer investments, $629,557·         Columbia County Conservation District, Multicounty soil health project, $409,465·         Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council, Applied agroforestry education, $46,200·         National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pennsylvania-NFWF Agricultural Conservation Collaborative, $550,000·         Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Focused sediment reduction in Chesapeake Bay, $425,000·         Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreeVitalize XIII, $100,000Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Conservation Easement Incentive Project, $379,000; Juniata best management practices implementation/technical assistance, $194,770For more information on DEP or the Growing Greener Program, visit www.dep.pa.gov. December 07, 2017 Pennsylvania Counties in the Chesapeake Bay WatershedBedford·         Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Bobs Creek erosion/sediment reduction, $46,572Berks ·         Berks County Conservation District, Creekside Stables erosion best management practices, $50,033; Dennis Bross Farm best management practices, $306,551Blair·         The Trust for Tomorrow, Freedom Township stream restoration project, $57,801Bradford ·         Bradford County Commissioners, Bradford County sediment and nutrient reduction initiative, $220,000·         Sugar Creek Watershed Association, Browns Creek stream corridor restoration, $68,000Cambria·         Cambria County Conservation District, Glendale Lake shoreline stabilization project phase 5, $167,618; Northern Cambria flood control restoration project phase 2, $29,838Centre·         Centre County Conservation District, Reducing pollution loads from Centre County farms, $702,147·         Penns Valley Conservation Association, Upper Penns Valley streambank best management practices, $65,911Cumberland·         Cumberland County Conservation District, Agricultural best management practices, $289,813Dauphin·         Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Paxtang Parkway Watershed restoration and management, $421,200Huntingdon·         The Trust for Tomorrow, Brown Farm Stream Restoration Phase 2, $182,866; Peachy and Brown Farms Stream Restoration, $249,194Indiana ·         Cambria County Conservation District, Cherry Tree flood control restoration phase 2, $70,701Juniata·         Juniata County Conservation District, Lost Creek restoration phase 2, $116,028Lackawanna·         Throop Borough, Sulphur Creek restoration, $280,000Lancaster·         Borough of Ephrata, Ephrata Wastewater Treatment Plant stormwater management improvements, $85,033·         City of Lancaster, Long’s Park stormwater mitigation, $500,000Luzerne·         Dallas Township, Toby Creek streambank stabilization and stormwater enhancement design, $36,550·         Harvey’s Lake Borough, Eradication/control program for Hydrilla in Harvey’s Lake, $208,870·         Luzerne County Conservation District, 2016 Agricultural best management practice projects, $318,000; Nescopeck Creek Watershed restoration efforts, $140,000Lycoming·         Lycoming County Conservation District, Agricultural and streambank best management practices, $214,984Montour·         Montour County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek/Limestone Run restoration, $746,713Potter·         Potter County Conservation District, Potter County streambank stabilization, $20,050·         Trout Unlimited, Kettle Creek nonpoint source sediment reduction, $32,100Schuylkill County·         Schuylkill Conservation District, Good Spring Creek floodplain restoration phase 1, $230,000; Swatara Creek floodplain restoration phase 1, $2,991,000Snyder·         Snyder County Conservation District, Snook barnyard improvement – lower lot, $163,840Susquehanna·         Susquehanna County Conservation District, Countywide spring developments, $71,808; Priority watershed spring developments, $32,651; Meshoppen Watershed barnyards, $38,328; Tunkhannock Creek Watershed barnyards, $170,000; Wyalusing Watershed barnyards, $180,000Tioga·         Tioga County Conservation District, Marsh Creek Watershed improvement, $60,389Wyoming ·         Lake Carey Welfare Association, Nutrient inactivation of phosphorous in Lake Carey, $69,210·         Wyoming County Conservation District, Freeman Farm manure and wastewater handling and storage, $134,650York·         American Rivers, Inc., Removal of Kehm Dam and wetland and riparian buffer development, $219,632·         Hallam Borough, Unnamed tributary to Kreutz Creek stream restoration, $80,000·         Jackson Township, Jackson Township Community Park stream restoration, $190,000·         Wrightsville Borough, Wrightsville green infrastructure plan, $356,350 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

3-HOUR AIRPORT SHUTDOWN LOOMS | CAAP to passengers: Contact your airlines

first_img* services, facilities and things todo Designed to accommodate 1.2 millionpassengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it nowserves 2.4 million passengers annually. * customer service * food options “I-check nila if na pa-early, delayed or cancelled ang flights nila para wala sang hassle,” said Palma. Classified as an internationalairport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas andthe island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is alsoconsidered to be the primary gateway into the region. It opened to commercialtraffic on June 14, 2007. CAAP issued the announcement on theshutdown early so that passengers with scheduled Dec. 14 flights could makearrangements with their airlines ahead of time. ILOILO City – Are authorities ready torespond to a terrorist attack at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo? The Iloilo Airport has one primary2,500-meter runway 45 meters wide. It can support wide-bodied aircraft such asthe Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 777(with reduced payloadfor the -300 series or -200 series), Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Antonov An-124Ruslan, McDonnell Douglas MD-11and Boeing 787. For three hours on Dec. 14, from 8 a.m.to 11 a.m., the Iloilo Airport will shut down for a simulation of such anattack, specifically, bombing. It would test the skills of the responders suchas the aviation security personnel, police and military troops, and medicalteams, among others. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. Designed to accommodate 1.2 million passengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it now serves 2.4 million passengers annually. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * comfort (gate seating, rest zoneavailability, etc.) Its location on the Tomas ConfesorHighway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessiblefrom all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to thecurrently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport tothe rest of Panay by rail. “There will be no flights, nopassengers at the terminal,” she stressed yesterday. Runway lights and an InstrumentLanding System were installed, making the airport capable of supportinglow-visibility and night landings under any weather condition. Three jet bridges protrude from thepassenger terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport tohandle up to six aircraft simultaneously. The current airport complex consistsof a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings,waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, acargo terminal, and a main passenger terminal. Sleeping In Airports is a travellers’guide and resource website (sleepinginairports.net). It conducts an annualsurvey asking travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overallairport experience. * immigration / security The closure would be total, accordingto Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) Iloilo Airport actingmanager Manuela Luisa Palma, because the simulation exercise would be“full-scale.” * navigation and ease of transit As of this writing, five flights wereconfirmed to be affected by the shutdown (two for Cebu Pacific, two forPhilippine Airlines and one for Air Asia). According to Palma, this security simulation exercise is a required practiceevery other year in certified aerodromes such as the Iloilo Airport. Travellers rank their experiencesbased on the following factors: The Iloilo Airport has a13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It is divided into three levels:arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor anddepartures on the third floor. The Iloilo Airport ranked 18th in the2019 Sleeping In Airports’ “Best Airports in Asia” list. Only one otherPhilippine airport made it to the list – the Mactan Cebu International Airportwhich placed 16th. * cleanliness * “sleepability”/PNlast_img read more

Protests spark after Iran admits downing Ukrainian plane

first_imgFlowers and candles are placed in front of the portraits of the flight crew members of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed in Iran, at a memorial at the Boryspil International airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 11. REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO DUBAI – Iran’s admission that it shotdown a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard, has provoked internationaloutrage and triggered growing protests against Iranian authorities in Tehranand other cities.  Foreign governments condemned thedowning of the plane, with Ukraine demanding compensation. Canada, Ukraine andBritain, however, called Tehran’s admission an important first step. In what President Hassan Rouhanicalled a “disastrous mistake,” Iran said on Saturday that a missile fired inerror on Jan. 8 by its air defenses while on alert after Iranian missilestrikes on United States targets in Iraq, brought down the plane. Ukraine International Airlines saidIran should have closed the airport. The carrier said it had received noindication it faced a threat and was cleared for takeoff.(Reuters)last_img read more

Carl H. Thielking

first_imgCarl H. Thielking, age 82, of Batesville, died peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2017, in Batesville, Indiana. He was born on, June 11, 1935, at his farmhouse in Franklin County, IN. Carl is the son of Elsie (Nee: York) and John Thielking. On August 5, 1954 he married the love of his life, Alice (Nee: Jonas) Thielking. Carl had many jobs including owning a Sinclair service station, working as a part-time police officer for the city of Batesville from the 1960’s to the early 1980’s, and he retired from Hill-Rom where he worked as maintenance in the press room.  Carl was most recognized for riding through town in his motor scooter, accompanied by his two dogs, Jack and Goody. He enjoyed frequent trips to Whites Sale Barn and all area flea markets and yard sales where he would collect his treasures. Carl enjoyed spending much of his time doing outdoor sports, holding a comprehensive fishing and hunting license and taking advantage of all it had to offer.  Carl has been a member of the NRA and NMLRA longer than anyone can even remember. He was an avid black powder shooter at Friendship. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a 50 plus year member of the Batesville Masonic Lodge #668 F&AM.  Of all of Carl’s hobbies, most importantly, he was a family man. Carl enjoyed frequent visits from his children, and 10 grandchildren. We all know his favorite visits were those of his 13 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice; daughter Ann (Robert) Wernke (Dunedin, FL); sons Jeff (Mari) Thielking (Batesville, IN) and Mitch (Mags) Thielking (Oldenburg, IN); and son-in-law Bill Kennedy (CA). He was proceeded in death by his parents; sister Mary Lou Backor; daughter Vicki Kennedy; and grandson Phillip Thielking.Visitation will be held at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M with burial immediately following as Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN with Rev. Dave Johnston officiating. Masonic service at 10:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to the Batesville Masonic Lodge #668 c/o the funeral home.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Vidic gives City duo silent treatment

first_img The Manchester United skipper is close friends with the duo but their commitment to the Blues cause makes it impossible for idle chit-chat, no matter how well the fellow countrymen get on. “I never speak with an opponent before a game,” he said. “I am good friends Kolarov and Nastasic. But I don’t like to talk. I like to go there and do it. On game day I think about the game, I don’t waste energy before the game starts, otherwise you end up tired.” Press Association Fifteen points clear with seven games left, United are in the happy position of knowing even a draw would effectively clinch a record 20th championship. Yet, after Monday’s FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, a stalemate would represent a hollow victory given the championship is the only trophy available after growing hopes of a treble were ended by Real Madrid in the Champions League before Demba Ba’s stunning winner ended the dream of an alternative Wembley visit. Sir Alex Ferguson will want to get his team selection right, with many United fans believing the decision to include Park Ji-sung at the Etihad Stadium last term handed the initiative to Manchester City. It leaves the Red Devils chief facing a big call at the back given Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans all have claims on a starting berth. Vidic is in a pretty strong position given recent statistics showed he has the highest win percentage of any United player who has made more than 60 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit. That figure is creeping towards 72% following Saturday’s victory at Sunderland and it is clear Vidic soaks up such facts with relish. “Now we have the opportunity to see statistics with the analyst after every game,” he said. “You can see how many tackles or headers you have won. You can look at certain things and see where you can improve. Even the passing rate, you can see the percentage you have got right. But it is not just the stats, it is the clips as well. I love to watch them. Not every player looks but you have the chance to – and I do.” center_img Nemanja Vidic will sever all lines of communication to fellow Serbs Aleksander Kolarov and Matija Nastasic ahead of Monday’s Manchester derby.last_img read more

Indian Hockey team Jumps to Fifth in World Rankings

first_imgNew Delhi, July 17: The Indian hockey team’s silver medal-winning effort at the Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands, earlier this month has propelled them to the fifth spot in the world rankings, released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday.India finished runners up after losing the final to reigning world champions Australia, who meanwhile, consolidated their stay atop the world rankings.Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and the Netherlands (1654). With 1484 points, India have pushed Germany (1456) to sixth from the fifth spot. Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in the 20th position. IANSlast_img read more

Mohammedan Sporting Club, TRAU FC clash for top spot

first_imgGUWAHATI: 2nd Division League rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club and TRAU FC will be vying for top spot in Group B as they lock horns on Friday.Although both sides are on six points and already assured of a place in the 2018 Bordoloi Trophy semi-finals after back-to-back wins over Assam Police Blues and Baarhoongkha FC respectively, still it’s a clash that will excite football fans in the region mainly because of the high intensity attacking brand of football both have adopted so far in the tournament. Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Skaneateles hockey crushes Auburn 10-0 in rematch

first_imgAnd that was just the start.Colin Weeks’ rebound goal made it 3-0 and, before the first period ended, the Lakers endured Auburn’s two-man advantage without surrendering a goal.That done, Skaneateles broke it open with Major assisting on Garrett Krieger’s goal and then scoring himself seconds later early in the second period. When Russell made it 6-0, it was three goals in less than two minutes.It got to 8-0 by the end of the period and Skaneateles added two more, Krieger getting a three-goal hat trick plus an assist as Major had two goals and four assists, with Lowe getting two goals and three assists.Russell also had three assists, Henry getting two assists as single assists went to Drew Henderson, Ben Clymer and Michael Blowers. The game also had 23 penalties, a near-brawl in the third period and Henry ejected in the third period along with Auburn’s Ross Burgmaster for various infractions.So Henry didn’t play when the Lakers hosted New Hartford Friday at Allyn Arena, but he wasn’t needed as the Lakers rolled again, topping the Spartans 6-1.There wouldn’t be a shutout this time thanks to Caden Kramer’s first-period goal for New Hartford, but even with that Skaneateles led 2-1 at intermission.Four unanswered goals in the second period settled matters as Russell, with two goals and one assist, and Major, with a goal and three assists, led a well-balanced attack.Cole Heintz had one goal and one assist, with Lowe and Krieger also finding the net. Henderson got two assists, single assists going to Jacob French and Colin Weeks.It will be Clinton taking on Skaneateles Tuesday night before Whitesboro visits Allyn Arena on Friday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: ice hockeyskaneateles Of course, the first meeting with the Maroons Dec. 17 at Allyn Arena ended in a 1-1 tie, still the only blemish for the state no. 1-ranked Lakers.That game, along with its last outing Jan. 23 where it trailed in the third period before rallying past Fayetteville-Manlius 5-3, educated Skaneateles and made it realize that it couldn’t just assume any result.So at Auburn, the Lakers took only half a period to top its total from the first meeting as Cam Lowe converted and Charlie Major put home a rebound of Jack Henry’s shot.center_img When someone plays at a level as consistently high as the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team does, what sticks out are those occasions when it doesn’t happen.It was the memory of those situations that drove the Lakers to go to Casey Rink last Wednesday night and offer the most lopsided result in the history of its “Route 20” rivalry with the Auburn Maroons.The 10-0 margin was, by a good portion, the most lopsided victory of the winter for Skaneateles and its first double-digit outing in four years (since a 2016 game against Whitesboro), and had its roots in two previous games – one against Auburn, one not.last_img read more

Unquirky: Tik Tok can be used as art therapy, creative outlet amid pandemic

first_imgArt therapy is a form of therapy that allows you to alleviate stress by making art. Usually, it means painting or creating other visual art forms, but it can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe for you it’s playing your guitar or writing angsty poetry or learning pottery. For me, it was making Tik Toks.  The day I downloaded Tik Tok, a little part of my soul died. For as long as I could remember, I had been the person making fun of my friends for having Tik Tok, but two weeks into quarantine, my pride gave into boredom, and I watched the little circle fill up as the app loaded onto my phone. I clicked on the blue and red faded music note. Videos flooded my phone as I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled. Seasons changed outside my window. Pages flew off the calendar.  Anna Velychko is a freshman writing about art and pop culture. Her column “Unquirky” runs every other Wednesday. As we embark on a new semester of Zoom University, we’re confronted with many of these same feelings. We’re forced to stay inside and stare at our computers all day long, and breakout rooms just don’t feel the same as in-person conversations used to.  The viral video sharing app is increasing in popularity for many who seek a creative outlet (Photo from Creative Commons). OK, so maybe you don’t think of Tik Toks as art, but making them is definitely therapeutic. Something about the process was really soothing for me. First, I would figure out what I wanted the video to be. Then I would find a song, an outfit to wear and start filming. Afterwards, I would edit and post. That was the best part about Tik Tok — I could go all the way through with something without losing my mind. At a time when I barely had the motivation to get through a movie, the satisfaction of making something, from start to end, was everything.   This semester is going to be hard. There’s no doubt about it. Zoom takes all the fun parts out of classes and leaves us with the hard part. You’re going to feel overwhelmed and lonely sometimes, and that’s OK you just have to find an outlet for all of that angst. And listen, it might not be Tik Tok. All I’m saying is it doesn’t hurt to try.  Aside from being entertaining, Tik Tok is also extremely accessible. Other kinds of art therapy, such as painting or playing an instrument, require training and expensive supplies. To make a Tik Tok, you don’t have to buy a camera or expensive equipment. In fact, the most popular Tik Toks are often grainy and unprofessional. All you really need is your phone and your imagination.  When quarantine started, a lot of us lost the things that used to make us happy. Those first couple of weeks were a difficult adjustment. We were trapped in our houses with pretty much nothing to do but to binge-watch television, and the fact that we couldn’t see our friends didn’t help. Many people felt bored and frustrated and helpless. I know I did.  When I finally emerged from my Tik Tok spiral, my mind felt numb. I couldn’t remember a single video I had just watched. Everything was a blur of catchy songs and wild effects. It only got worse from there. Pretty much every day for the next month, I opened Tik Tok when I was feeling bored or lonely or overwhelmed and ended up wasting hours scrolling through countless videos. I felt subdued, but none of my stress was resolved.  I’m not saying you have to go viral to be happy. You could make Tik Toks venting about your feelings or doing your makeup or parodying someone famous or even make your page entirely dedicated to zooming in on and editing random images until they look like the flag of Poland (as about 50 users do). The point is, it doesn’t really matter how you choose to express yourself as long as you are expressing yourself. You don’t even have to publish your Tik Toks. Just making them is therapeutic in itself, and it’s actually a lot of fun. You might just find that sharing how you feel with other people will make you feel a lot less alone.  last_img read more

Investigations continue in shootings

first_imgThree non-USC males were shot on the evening of Tuesday, June 8, west of Vermont Avenue near the university, resulting in two deaths. The shootings were most likely gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The first shooting occurred at 5:20 p.m. near 35th Street and Budlong Avenue when police say a man in a white T-shirt approached the victim and shot him, fatally wounding him.Ten minutes after the first incident, four men shot and killed the second victim near Normandie Avenue and 35th Place. The suspects then drove away from the area in a black Pontiac, according to witnesses.The third shooting occurred near Catalina and 36th streets at 9:30 p.m., when police said a suspect shot and injured the victim. Witnesses did not see the suspect, but said he might have left the area in a burgundy Cadillac.Lucy Mueller | Daily TrojanLAPD requested the assistance of USC’s Department of Public Safety in response to the incidents, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“According to LAPD, this appears to be gang related and this appears to be specifically targeted victims,” Carlisle said. “It appears that [the three shootings] are related.”In response to the incidents, DPS plans to increase its presence in the area of the shootings, Carlisle said.“We are going to redeploy a variety of our DPS resources into that neighborhood … in hopes of discouraging any further violence,” Carlisle said.DPS released a university-wide crime alert early morning Wednesday, June 9, 2010.The victims are not connected to the university, but students in the area should be alert, Carlisle said.“When there’s that kind of violence in a neighborhood, students should be concerned and take reasonable caution,” Carlisle said. “We hope that they take the crime alert to heart.”“Students should continue to follow our normal crime prevention tips:  Don’t walk alone late at night, take advantage of Campus Cruiser and other transportation services, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something suspicious or you perceive something that doesn’t feel right, call DPS,” Carlisle said.Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call DPS at 213-740-4321 or LAPD Southwest Area at 213-485-6571.last_img read more